Zambia’s feature film receives international acclaim

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By Jeff Kapembwa

Lusaka - The Borderline, Zambia’s first feature film, has received international acclaim with three nominations lined up in Moscow, Russia, later this year.

The 40-cast-Peter Langmead authored-movie, themed on a tragic love story, betrayal and crime in an imaginary riverside village that is terrorised as three brothers seek the truth about the childhood trauma that changed the course of their lives, is up among various global recipients during the Festival International du Film Panafricain (FIFP) in Cannes, France.

Barely three months since it hit the screens, having been premiered in Lusaka, the film has been nominated for Best Trailer in the Rome Independent Prisma Awards in Italy, the official selection for the International Film Festival of Detective Film and TV Programs in Moscow.

A statement posted on the panafricanvisions.com, seen by The Southern Times, says The Borderline merited award nominations and compete among the global crème de la crème because of various factors, including its theme, plot and climax, depicting an African context.

Data available shows that the Rome Independent Prisma Awards is a monthly awarding and live screening ceremony allowing talented independent filmmakers across the world to compete for up to US$10,000 worth of prizes given out each month, since 2019, when the awards began.

Nominated films in the Italian awards win a three-month coupon with iPitch.tv, while winners get a 12-months coupon.  IPitch.tv is a platform where filmmakers submit their ideas to the best producers all around the world.

The FIFP is a platform that exhibits cinema and its professions, arts and entrepreneurship, as well as innovation, culture and events. It is a unique experience where Pan-African cinema and African cultures and those of its diaspora around the world get recognised.

The film festival was created and founded in 2006 by renowned French filmmaker and broadcaster, Eitel Basile Ngangue Ebelle.  The 21st International Festival of Detective Films and Television Programmes on Law-Enforcement Themes “DetectiveFEST”, in Moscow.

The festival contest considers feature films (full-length and short films), documentary films and TV series, animation films, thematic TV programmes and TV spots. Langmead recognizes the growing film industry and for his production being nominated for the honours. 

Langmead, the director, screenwriter and composer renowned as the Wole Soyinka of Zambia is elated with the nomination of his production and envisions to see Zambian authored movies take their place at global events.   He envisions a beginning for him and other writers producing international blockbusters.

The Borderline evokes family secrets and jealousy that spill over into madness as the brothers go on the rampage, leaving a trail of destruction as they battle to find the truth, each in search of their own redemption.   As they try to make sense of the world, identities, dreams and realities collide.  Nothing is as it seems.

The motion picture pays homage to film noir – believed to be the first of its kind to be produced in Zambia.  Film noir (or dark film) is a style of movie characterised by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace exemplified by Hollywood crime dramas.

It was shot on location in Chisamba, north of the capital Lusaka and the Lower Zambezi, south of Lusaka, and boasts of highly-famed artists.  These include Dixon Ngoma, an upcoming actor, and Marie Mutinta, another budding artist but worth recognising for their good character leading roles.

The lead roles of The Borderline master class are played by talented upcoming actors Dixon Mumba and Mutinta.  Also part of the cast is award-winning actress Nancy Handabile, who is well known for her exceptional performances in local drama series, Love Games and Zuba.

Langmead is also renowned for having authored another blockbuster: ‘Damyna’, a musical drama released in 2016.   It was screened at the Festival International du Film PanAfricain held in Cannes, France, where lead actress Josephine Kachiza won the Dikalo (2017) award for best actress role.

 

 

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